Course Description for Romanesque Art and Architecture
Romanesque Art and Architecture
This course explores the art and architecture of the Romanesque period, the 11th and 12th centuries, especially the sudden, widespread "Renaissance" of monumental sculpture. The course seeks to situate Romanesque art in relation to important cultural and religious phenomena that shaped its uses and meanings, including pilgrimage and the cult of relics, monasticism, and crusade. We will also consider the origin of the idea of a Romanesque in medieval art and interpretive approaches to Romanesque art.